First Division - Day 26

Valencia 0 - Athletic Bilbao 3

Valencia: Diego Alves; Cancelo, Mustafi, Aderlan Santos, Gayà; Dani Parejo, Enzo Pérez (Piatti 75’); Santi Mina, André Gomes, Cheryshev (Feghouli 69‘); Negredo (Paco Alcácer 57’). 4-2-3-1.
Athletic: Iraizoz; Bóveda, Etxeita, Laporte, Balenziaga; Elustondo (San José 63’), Mikel Rico; De Marcos (Aduríz 66’), Beñat, Sabin; Muniain (Susaeta 82‘). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 73. Sabin. Got clear of markers to head San José cross down in to net.
0-2. 77. Muniain. Controlled Mikel Rico pass and fired low shot under keeper.
0-3. 79. Aduríz. Steered far post header past Diego Alves from Benat corner.

Yellow cards: André Gomes 42’, Cancelo 54’.

Athletic Bilbao are back up to seventh after a 0-3 victory at Valencia on Sunday, a set-back for Gary Neville’s side after their recent good form. Negredo in particular missed a couple of good chances for the Ches in the first half, and Iraizoz made important saves from Negredo and Alcácer after the interval. However with just under twenty minutes to go Parejo gave the ball away in midfield, and San José crossed in for Sabin to head the opener past Diego Alves. That sparked off a frenetic six minutes in which the Basque side scored two more, Muniain picking up a pass from Mikel Rico to fire a low shot under the keeper, and Aduríz heading the third from a Beñat corner. Valencia end the weekend in twelfth spot, some seven points below their opponents, who they meet again in the Europa League in ten days’ time.